Marco's Cinco de Mayo

Marco's Cinco de Mayo

by Holli Conger, Lisa Bullard
     
 

Marco loves the food, parades, and fun of Cinco de Mayo. This year he's one of the dancers. As he listens to the mariachi music, Marco thinks of the brave Mexicans at the first Cinco de Mayo. Find out the different things people do to celebrate this holiday!

Learn the history behind the days people celebrate in the Holidays and Special Days series, part of

Overview

Marco loves the food, parades, and fun of Cinco de Mayo. This year he's one of the dancers. As he listens to the mariachi music, Marco thinks of the brave Mexicans at the first Cinco de Mayo. Find out the different things people do to celebrate this holiday!

Learn the history behind the days people celebrate in the Holidays and Special Days series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Clemens
Marco loves Cinco de Mayo, but this year is different. This is the first time he will be performing a dance in the festival. He draws strength by recalling the story of the first Cinco de Mayo in 1852, when a small Mexican Army won a battle against the much stronger French soldiers. After his successful performance, Marco celebrates the rest of this special day with his family. This entry in the nonfiction "Holidays and Special Days" series features colorful digital artwork well-matched to the upbeat tone of the narrative. The main text is approachable for the intended audience, with most double-page spreads including fact bubbles that further expand or explain presented concepts. A glossary, index, related craft activity and resource page make this a useful multicultural curricular tie-in. Reviewer: Mary Clemens
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A Mexican American boy celebrates Cinco de Mayo with his family. The colorful cartoon-inspired graphics show round-faced Marco dressed in costume to dance in a street celebration filled with easily identifiable images (a Ferris wheel, balloons, food stands, floats, and flags). The first pages introduce the holiday with child-friendly art and a map of North America. In an awkward, odd transition, Marco's cousin Diego tells him the story behind the holiday to help his performance if he "felt afraid." His brief summary of the Mexican military success against France 150 years earlier thankfully leaves Marco proudly brave with "feet ready to dance." The book ends with images of the celebration—a taco-eating contest and fireworks with Marco's happy family. Instructions for making maracas are appended. Websites are included (Sesame Street's classic Cinco de Mayo video is rather dated). An age-appropriate introduction to the holiday for the youngest of readers.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761385806
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
248,568
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for children, including You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids. She teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and regularly visits schools to talk with students about story-writing.

Holli Conger has provided illustrations for everything from magazines, greeting cards, and advertising to CD covers, packaging, and children's books. She approaches each project with whimsy and creativity guaranteed to put a smile on any child's (or parent's) face. Holli lives in Nashville, TN, where her husband, daughter, and new little son, plus their goofy basset hound, give her plenty of inspiration.

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